West Midlands Academic Health Science Network launches membership scheme

Posted on 2 June 2015 (Permalink)

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has launched its inaugural annual membership scheme.

The scheme is free of charge and all NHS organisations, academic and educational institutions, other public bodies, life sciences industry and private sector companies within the West Midlands region have been automatically enrolled. The participation of private sector organisations based outside the West Midlands is also welcomed in the network.

Membership is subsidised by NHS England (NHSE) and the WMAHSN plans to maintain this no-cost membership option for the remaining period of its NHSE licence.

The benefits of membership of the WMAHSN include:

  • Access to the WMAHSN opportunities for innovations process
  • Access to the soon to be announced SME innovation fund
  • Access to WMAHSN expert networks:
    • West Midlands Patient Centred Healthcare Network
    • West Midlands Health Informatics Network
    • West Midlands Innovation, Adoption and Improvement Network
    • West Midlands Patient Safety Network (Collaborative)
    • West Midlands Genomics and Precision Medicine Network
    • Healthy Living and Active Ageing Network
    • Education and Workforce Network
    • Mental Health Network
  • Access to the forthcoming online innovation platform
  • A suite of communications, including the monthly newsletter, website and news, articles and event alerts
  • Opportunities to attend WMAHSN events
  • Advertising opportunities and sponsorship and exhibition packages.

These benefits will provide an opportunity for meetings, co-production and collaboration that both feeds and informs innovation and improvement to deliver improved healthcare outcomes and create economic growth across the West Midlands. On behalf of its members, the WMAHSN will deliver the continuance of the enabling themes and clinical/service priority programmes, enabling the development of innovative programmes of work to deliver adoption at scale and pace across the West Midlands. 

Simultaneously, members are asked where possible to demonstrate a commitment to WMAHSN, through the attendance of events, through the distribution of communications to employees, promoting WMAHSN within their own networks and submitting items for our communications channels.

The WMAHSN is also developing an enhanced service offer for its members, as well as a Corporate Partnership offer for larger industry members, and more information will be made available later in the year.

Tony Davis, Commercial Director at WMAHSN, said: “We look forward immensely to embarking upon this new and exciting chapter of WMAHSN membership with our NHS, academic and commercial partners, and to continuing to work closely with those organisations in accelerating the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in our region’s health and wealth.”